“It was a kind of strange, unique program, and no one had ever heard of it,” he says.
The firm launched what it calls the 1L fast-track program that year as a way to introduce itself and the city of Dallas to top law students from around the country.
This week, the firm is welcoming 24 first-year students to its Dallas office for its 2012 fast-track week. New Jersey native Crooms, a December 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, says he would not have ended up at the firm without the program.
“Not a chance,” he says. “Zero percent chance, primarily because I was at a national school and, not being from the Dallas area, had not heard of Haynes and Boone before.”
During the fast-track week in 2008, Crooms says he joined about 25 other 1Ls touring the city, having dinners in the homes of the firm’s lawyers and working on a pro bono project.
“I stayed for two to three days afterward with my wife to go around the city and get a feel for the city,” he says.
He returned to the firm's Dallas office as a summer associate in 2009 and a full-time associate in April 2010, after graduating from law school.
“Fast-tracking is unquestionably the reason I came back to Haynes and Boone as a 2L,” he says. “The fast track was absolutely the reason I ended up in Dallas.”
Now, as a second-year associate with the firm’s corporate/securities group, Crooms is a member of the firm’s fast-track committee.
His advice for the 1Ls spending the week with the firm?
“Focus less on how people treat you and more on how the attorneys treat each other,” he says. “Everyone is nice to you because you’re the focus of the week. You get a better feel about the firm by seeing how they treat each other.”
— Jeanne Graham